Family History Academy

Skill Building for Family Historians

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Our courses and workshops cover a range of topics, all designed to give you essential information and strategies to conduct your family history research in a logical and successful way.

GLOBAL                 EXPERIENCED

Our live virtual courses can be taken anywhere in the world, giving you a cross-cultural perspective and the opportunity to network with people from around the globe.

Our highly-respected and experienced presenters provide advanced learning opportunities to take your family history research skills to the next level.

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Which Way to Go?

Leah Larkin, PhD

Advancing your presentation skills

Annette Burke Lyttle

Cathie Sherwood

Analyze & Visualise DNA Networks

Kimberly Powell


Content and Structure

Tom Jones, PhD, CG®

Efficient and Effective

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL


Family History Academy is privileged to have world leaders in the genealogy field offer courses and workshops on our platform. All are experienced researchers and teachers who enjoy sharing tips and strategies to help you build your genealogical skills and knowledge. 

If you are interested in joining our presentation team, please contact us. 

Tom Jones, PhD, CG®

Tom Jones is a genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher. He is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation.  He happily shares his expertise online and in person at genealogical conferences, institutes, seminars, and workshops locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Kimberly Powell

Learn Genealogy

Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist, author, and educator specializing in genealogical writing, pre-1850 family history, land records, DNA, and solving complex problems. She is past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a board member and on the Professional Development Committee.

Leah Larkin, PhD

A biologist-turned-genealogist, Leah Larkin loves using DNA to solve family mysteries and teaching others to do the same. She blogs at, runs several Facebook genealogy groups, and lectures internationally and online. She also collaborates on new approaches for genetic genealogy, including the revolutionary "What Are the Odds?" tool at

Annette Burke Lyttle

Heritage Detective

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national,  state and local levels. She is coordinator of the SLIG  Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course. Annette is editor of The Florida Genealogist and President of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL 

Elissa Scalise Powell, Certified Genealogist® is co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the coordinator since 2007 of the IGHR Genealogy as a Profession course in Athens, Georgia, and author of two chapters in the 2018 Professional Genealogy book. She was an instructor and creator for part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course, a past SLIG course coordinator, and ProGen mentor. She was honored with the Association of Professional Genealogists 2017 Professional Achievement Award.

Jeanette Sheliga

President, Virtual Genealogical Association

Jeanette Sheliga of Jeanette’s Genealogy lives in Lockport, NY and has been researching her family tree since 2002 and lecturing since 2011. She has had the privilege to speak for societies and libraries locally and virtually all over the world. Jeanette is the President of the Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA), holds many offices in her local societies, completed ProGen Study Group 49, and has attended numerous genealogy institutes.

Cathie Sherwood

Family History Academy

Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty years. She was a university lecturer in digital technology and education, retiring as an Associate Professor and now combines her love of family history with her technology skills. As the Principal and Founder of Family History Academy, Cathie coordinates innovative and interactive genealogy education opportunities in partnership with experienced and highly-respected lecturers. 

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